Chicago Blackhawks: Adam Clendening
Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening leads the IceHogs and is third among the AHL’s defensemen with 23 points. He has four goals, 19 assists and a plus-three rating on the season. He’s currently on a four-game points streak and has five points during that span.
Dillon Fournier, defenseman, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Fournier has one goal and three assists over his last three games. He has 10 goals, 17 assists and a plus-17 rating in 32 games this season. He leads the Huskies’ defensemen and seventh in the league among defensemen with 27 points.
Terry Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst has moved into second place on the IceHogs with 19 points. He has points in three of his last four games.
Brandon Pirri, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Pirri has accumulated one goal and four assists in five games since being reassigned from the Blackhawks. He’s had two games of two assists.
Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA)
Hayes, a senior, continued accumulating points as he combined for two goals and three assists in Boston College’s recent wins over Boston University and Army. He’s tied for eighth in the country with 14 points, which includes five goals and nine assists.
Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA)
Tomkins, a freshman, had to leave Saturday’s game against Niagara in the first period to an injury. The school is reporting he is day to day and will play not this week against Canisius. He has a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 percentage in nine games this season.
Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening has a team-high 15 points and 12 assists for the IceHogs. He’s registered a point in the last three games. He’s also tied for second with a plus-3 rating.
Travis Brown, defenseman, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Brown pushed his points streak to four games with a goal against the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday. Brown leads the Warriors with 26 points and 18 assists. He also has a minus-11 rating in 24 games.
Stephen Johns, defenseman, Notre Dame (NCAA)
Johns, a senior, compiled a goal and two assists in two recent games against top-ranked Minnesota. He had an assist and one blocked shot in Notre Dame’s 4-1 win over the Gophers on Friday. On Saturday, he had a goal, an assists two penalties, four blocked shots and a minus-3 rating in a 5-4 loss.
Kyle Beach, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Beach was healthy scratched the last two games. IceHogs coach Ted Dent said Wednesday that he had 14 forwards and Beach would have to wait his turn. He has played in three games and had zero points since returning from Sweden last month.
Vincent Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (NCAA)
Hinostroza had four points against Minnesota last week. He had an assist in the first game and three assists and a plus-3 rating in the second game. He’s tied for 18th in the country with 12 points.
Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening has brought consistent offense to the IceHogs all season. He’s registered points in 10 of 14 games. He scored a goal in the IceHogs’ 6-2 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday. He has three goals and 10 assists on the season. He also has a plus-3 rating.
Mac Carruth, goaltender, Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Carruth should probably be up in Rockford, but he’s down in Toledo due to numbers. He’s showcased his talent in the ECHL and has a 3-2-0 record with a 2.18 goals-against average and .931 save percentage this season.
Teuvo Teravaien, forward, Jokerit (SM-liiga in Finland)
Teravainen, the Blackhawks' 2012 first-round pick, broke out of his offensive slump in Jokerit's past two games. After having just two points through nine games, he dished out three assists in Jokerit's 4-2 win over HIFK Helsinki on Friday and had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over KalPa Kuopio on Tuesday.
Joakim Nordstrom, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nordstrom, a 2010 third-round pick, hasn’t played for the IceHogs since being sent down from the Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury. Nordstrom was assigned to the IceHogs on Sunday after appearing in the Blackhawks' first eight games. The IceHogs are hopeful he will play this weekend, according to a team spokesperson.
Antti Raanta, goaltender, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Raanta, a free-agent signing last season, bounced back from his recent leg injury and played in his first full game for the IceHogs on Friday. He stopped 20-of-22 shots in a 5-2 win over the Lake Erie Monster. He played in his second game on Saturday and made 31 saves on 35 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Monster.
Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Hartman, the Blackhawks’ 2013 first-round pick, has been on a tear to start the OHL season. He had six goals and five assists in 11 games. He had two assists in the Whaler’s 4-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday.
Travis Brown, defenseman, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Brown, a 2012 fifth-round pick, has had the hottest start among the Blackhawks’ prospects. He has three goals and 12 assists through 10 games for the Warriors. He had one goal and three assists in two games over the weekend.
Brandon Whitney, goaltender, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Whitney, a 2012 seventh-round pick, has a 6-4 record, 2.72 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 10 games for the Tigres. He recorded his first shutout of the season in a 31-save performance against the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday.
Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (SM-liiga in Finland)
Teravainen, a 2012 first-round pick, has gotten off to a slow start this season. He has one goal and one assist through nine games for Jokerit.
Alex Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst, a 2011 seventh-round pick, has accumulated four points, including three assists, in the IceHogs’ first four games. He had two assists in a win over the Lake Erie Monster on Friday.
Anthony Louis, forward, Miami Ohio (Freshman)
Louis, a 2013 sixth-round pick, tallied his first college goal and assist last weekend against Ohio State.
Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening, a 2011 second-round pick, shares the IceHogs’ team lead with four points.
Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (Freshman)
Tomkins, a 2012 seventh-round pick, started his first collegiate game and made 32 saves in a 6-3 loss to Miami of Ohio on Saturday.
Tyler Motte, forward, Michigan (Freshman)
Motte, a 2013 fourth-round pick, scored his first college goal in a 7-2 win over RIT on Saturday.
Drew LeBlanc, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
LeBlanc, a free-agent signing last season, scored his first two professional goals in the IceHogs’ 5-2 win over the Lake Erie Monser on Friday. He also had an assist on the season.
Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (Freshman)
Hinostroza, a 2012 sixth-round pick, record his first college goal and assist in a 4-0 win over Western Michigan on Friday.
Chris Calnan, forward, Boston College (Freshman)
Calnan, a 2012 third-round pick, tallied his first college goal and assist in a 7-2 win over Rensselaer on Sunday.
Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (Senior)
Hayes, a 2010 first-round pick, had one goal and two assists in Boston College’s 7-2 win over Rensselaer on Sunday.
Justin Holl, defenseman, Minnesota (Senior)
Holl, a 2010 second-round pick, had two assists and a plus-2 rating in a 3-2 win over New Hampshire on Saturday. He had the primary assist on two of the goals.
Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Morin, who was acquired in a trade in 2010, has apparently remained motivated after being among the Blackhawks’ final training camp cuts. He leads the IceHogs with 13 shots on goal. He had one goal and two assists through four games.
Forwards Mark McNeil, Garret Ross and Alex Broadhurst, defensemen Dylan Olsen, Klas Dahlbeck and Adam Clendening and goaltender Kent Simpson were assigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. Forward Teuvo Teravainen was assigned to Jokerit of the SM-liiga in Finland, and forward Ryan Hartman was assigned to the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.
Defenseman Viktor Svedberg was also released from training camp. He is under contract with the IceHogs and will report to their camp.
The Blackhawks have 36 players on their active roster, including 23 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders.
The Blackhawks will have two more preseason games before opening the regular season on Oct. 1.
40. Kane and Toews extensions
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews aren't unrestricted free agents until after the 2014-15 season and can't negotiate contract extensions until after the 2013-14 season, but still expect this to be a storyline throughout this season. Those deals are Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman's priorities, and he's been planning for them for a long time. Everything Bowman has done -- the extensions he gave Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson, signing restricted free agents, etc. -- has been with Kane's and Toews' contracts in mind. The salary cap is expected to be raised in the future, which will help the Blackhawks. Kane and Toews have implied they'd like to remain in Chicago and may be willing to give the Blackhawks a hometown deal. To put both among the top-15 paid players in the NHL, the Blackhawks would have to give them around $7.5 million each.
39. The No. 3 shootout shooter
The Blackhawks were slightly above .500 in shootouts last season with a 6-5 record. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville turned to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in every shootout last season, and the pair scored 11 of the team's 16 shootout goals. But Quenneville couldn't consistently decide on a No. 3 shooter and used a number of different players there. Marian Hossa, Michal Rozsival, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Patrick Sharp were among the players to get multiple shootout attempts last season. Of the group, Hossa was the only player to score more than one goal. He had two goals in three attempts. It will be interesting to see whether Quenneville sticks with Hossa as the No. 3 shooter this season or goes a different route.
After having to dissolve a large portion of the 2010 Stanley Cup team due to salary cap restraints, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is doing his best to keep nearly everyone together for years to come after their latest Cup win.
The Blackhawks will now have at least 14 players, including seven forwards, six defensemen and one goaltender, from last season’s Stanley Cup roster together over the next two seasons, and that number will likely grow with Andrew Shaw and Ben Smith among the group of upcoming restricted free agents.
Bowman’s lone moves Friday were signing Nikolai Khabibulin to be a backup goaltender and re-signing forward Michal Handzus and defenseman Michal Rozsival. He also previously re-signed forward Bryan Bickell and defenseman Nick Leddy.
“I’ve always had the philosophy if you’re relying on the free-agent period in July to save your team, it’s probably not the prescription we’re looking for,” Bowman said on Friday night. “Adding a player here and there is certainly understandable. Bryan Bickell, I guess, could fall into that category. We got him signed a week ago leading into this. He’s the only guy you can put into that category for us, the frenzy.
“I think the way to build success and sustain it is through the draft and develop your players and add in the occasional player through free agency. If I had my choice, I would do it the way we’ve done it recently which is develop from within, have your young players emerge over time, don’t rush them to the NHL and really use the draft and the development of your young players as a way to find really good players. Fortunately, we’ve been able to do that. When we find a group that has had success, we can keep it together like we have this summer. That’s the preferred method for us. I think it’s the most prudent way in the salary cap world to sustain success.”
Hayes had one goal and two assists in nine games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He had 25 goals and 20 assists in 67 games with the IceHogs this season.
Morin had one goal in two games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He had 30 goals and 28 assists in 67 games with the IceHogs this season.
Pirri led the AHL with 75 points, which included 22 goals and 53 assists, in 76 games this season. He had 12 points in the final four games. He has played in six career NHL games with the Blackhawks.
Smith had 27 goals and 20 assists in 54 games with the IceHogs this season. He has played in 19 regular-season games and seven playoff games for the Blackhawks in his career.
Clendening ranked second among AHL defensemen with 46 points, which included nine goals and 37 assists, in 73 games for the IceHogs this season. He also had a plus-17 rating. He has not played in the NHL.
Lalonde had five goals and 18 assists in 59 games for the IceHogs. He has not played in the NHL.
Montador had two goals and three assists in 14 games for the IceHogs this season. He missed a majority of the season with an upper-body injury. He has 131 points in 571 career NHL games.
Karlsson had an 11-5-0 record with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage in 18 games with the IceHogs this season. He has played in 26 career NHL games.
Garrett Ross, left wing: Drafted in the fifth round in 2012, the 20-year-old Ross has been scoring goals at a high rate for the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League. He ranks fifth in the league with 43 goals in 59 games. He scored 12 goals in February and has three goals in five games in March. He also has 45 assists.
Phillip Danault, center: The No. 26 overall pick in 2011, the 20-year-old Danault continues to be on a tear for the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He has 35 points in 23 games since being traded to the Wildcats. He had three goals and 13 assists in February, and he already has three goals and two assists in five games in March. He recently had a nine-game points streak snapped.
CHICAGO -- While everyone can “look good” at a prospect’s camp, there were some players who truly stood out after a week of practice and scrimmages with 52 players in the Chicago Blackhawks organization in attendance.
Draft picks from recent years, including several selected this past June, took the ice. Here’s a few things I gleaned from this week’s sessions:
The 18th overall pick in the 2012 draft might indeed be the steal everyone thought he was in Pittsburgh on draft night. Teuvo Teravainen wowed the crowd at Johnny’s IceHouse almost immediately, producing a goal and assist in the opening minutes on Wednesday. He continued with that kind of flashy play throughout, earning praise along the way.
“It’s great to see a young kid like Teuvo be as good as he is,” general manager Stan Bowman said Friday. “He’s the youngest kid at the camp here, and I think he’s probably been one of the best kids here all week.”
As impressive as Teravainen was, fans won’t see him in Chicago -- or even Rockford -- this fall. He’ll play in his native Finland, and when he puts on some weight, he might be ready for the NHL by the 2013-14 season.
Bowman praised 2011 top picks Mark McNeil and Phillip Danault and didn’t rule them out of contributing this coming season. At this point, Brandon Saad, a second-round pick in 2011, is the best bet to make the team this fall. He’s a man among boys. Saad, a star left wing in the OHL this past season, even moved over to center for prospect’s camp.
“He asked us,” Bowman explained. “He said he’d like to try playing in the scrimmage here. Why not, it’s a good opportunity for him.”
Bowman said it’s up to coach Joel Quenneville whether Saad lines up at center during training camp. If it was the 19 year-old’s call, he would do it.
“It’s something I’m willing to try, for sure,” Saad said. “To play more positions and be helpful in the ways I can, that’s something I’m willing to do.”
The other player who could contribute this coming season is 2011 third-round pick Adam Clendening. He’s an offensive oriented defenseman who can move the puck in the style the Hawks like out of their blue-liners. He also claims to have been working on the defensive part of his game. He played both ends nicely during scrimmages and Bowman says to keep an eye on him.
“Adam is the one defenseman who has the most potential to make a jump this year,” Bowman explained. “He has that offensive ability and seems to read the play really well…This year is a learning year but he could make an impact for us.”
As has been the Hawks pattern over the last few years, expect Clendening to start the season in Rockford. If injuries pile up or the team struggles at some point, he would be a mid-season call-up.
In all, the Hawks’ touted prospect group is making strides. It starts with Saad and soon enough Teravainen. And in between there could be others, just as Andrew Shaw grabbed the spotlight last season.
“It’s exciting to see this many young players that are close to being contributors to the Blackhawks,” Bowman said.
Saad is about the only one of the 53 attending who might make the roster out of this year’s training camp, just as he did last year. Add a cup of coffee in the playoffs to his resume and Saad is on the right track. His second prospects camp since being drafted in the second round in 2011 has all eyes on him, even above and beyond first-round picks who are attending.
“It’s easier than last year. [I’m] feeling more comfortable but it’s never easy,” Saad said. “It’s a clean slate. I have to come in and prove myself again and play even better to make the team. I’m looking at a huge summer to make the team.”
“I could go back as an over-ager,” Saad said of returning to juniors. “They allow three of them. But I’m old enough to play in the AHL so we’ll see what they have in store for me.”
You can count on Saad playing close to the Hawks if not for them. Rockford (AHL) is only a short ride away but Saad has plans of sticking in Chicago.
“It’s just been a summer of training,” he said. “It’s been huge for me. Just training hard, looking forward to the season.”
Unless the Hawks think he needs some seasoning Saad could be a top-six addition to the forwards right away. But a stint in the minors to begin the year isn’t out of the question. If and when he dominates there a return trip to Chicago will be in order. Prospects camp is just the start for the budding winger.
“I want to make an impression like everyone else,” Saad said.
He did that a long time ago.
Teuvo Teravainen, forward: The Finnish first-round pick of the Hawks just last month is getting himself familiar with his new surroundings.
“I met some new guys, some new friends here,” he said.
Teravainen had crowds of media around him after the first day of workouts on Monday. He says he’s getting used to the attention but is focused on the team.
“I want to meet the [whole] team and get to know them better,” Teravainen said.
Chris Calnan, forward: It’s not a surprise the nephew of former Hawks star Jeremy Roenick is a good talker. But the 2012 third-round pick is more interested in making an impression on the ice.
That’s on the advice of Roenick.
“He just told me, ‘You’re going to be part of a great organization. Make a good first impression in camp.’ ” Calnan said. “So that’s what I’m looking to do.”
Kevin Hayes, forward: Hayes is the younger brother of Jimmy Hayes, who made a splash with the Hawks last season after being recalled from Rockford. Kevin is still in college in Boston where he won the NCAA title with Boston College last year. This is his third prospects camp since being drafted in the first round in 2010.
“You come in your first year, you’re a little nervous, don’t know what to expect,” Hayes explained. “The second year you have a little bit of knowledge but still one of the young guys. This year I came in and I knew exactly what was going to happen…I felt really comfortable.”
Hayes will return to Boston College for his junior season this fall.
Vincent Hinostroza, forward: Drafted last month in the sixth round, Hinostroza had the shortest commute for camp, coming in from Bartlett. He grew up a Hawks fan and is more than comfortable in his surroundings.
“A lot of familiar faces with the coaches and stuff because I’ve been a fan for so long,” he said.
Hinostroza said he was recovering from knee surgery while the Hawks were winning the 2010 Stanley Cup. He watched everything from his couch and now he’s looking forward to meeting those that are left over from that team. His new teammates.
“Its nuts,” he said. “It’s a crazy feeling. It’s a dream come true.”
Adam Clendening, defense: The second-round 2012 pick signed an entry-level deal recently, declaring himself ready for pro hockey. But not before he improved his defensive game.
“Everyone says I’m really offensive,” Clendening said. “I’ve tried to play on the defensive side of the puck as much as I can. And be the most reliable guy at [Boston University] and I became that there.”
Clendening, 19, was a Blackhawks second-round pick in 2011. He had a career-high 33 points (four goals, 29 assists) in 38 games with Boston University. The Niagra Falls, New York native ranked second among league blueliners with a career-high 29 assists and 15 power-play points (two goals, 13 assists) during his sophomore campaign and ranked fifth on the Terriers with a +11 plus/minus rating.